Family:Whitney, Eliasaph (1717-1817)

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Eliasaph4 Whitney (Nathan3, John2, Henry1), son of Nathan3 and Sarah (Platt) Whitney,[1] was born 3 Feb 1716/7, Ridgefield, CT,[2] and died 17 May 1817, Darien, CT, aged 100 years, 3 months, and 3 days.[3]

He married, 10 May 1744, Stamford, CT, Mary Bishop, [4] daughter of John and Mary (Talmadge) Bishop.[5] She was born 18 Aug 1722, Stamford, CT,[6] and died 4 Jan 1814, Stamford, CT, aged 91 years, 4 months and 6 days.[7]

Phoenix said the following:[8]

... bought a house and two acres of land in Stamford, Conn., 13 May 1742; bought land in Stamford, with his brother Eliakim, 17 Ap. 1744; married to Mary Bishop, "in Stanford by the worshipfull Samll Hait Esquier on of his majesties Justices of the Peace for ye County of Fairfield on May 10, 1744," but according to his family record, one day later. ....
He learned the arts of training and shoemaking, and settled in the parish of Middlesex, in Stamford, now Darien, Conn., in a house which he built in 1751, about half a mile north of the parish church, and which, in 1866, was torn down by his grandson, Charles E. Whitney, to make room for a new house for himself on the same spot. Tradition says that when he settled there he had only a foot-path to his house, that deer were not yet very plenty, and that he often exchanged a pair of shoes for a bushel of wheat. They were members, and he was chosen a deacon, of the Congregational Church of Middlesex, now Darien. She joined by letter, 7 Oct. 1744.
He was appointed society's collector, 21 Jan. 1744-5; a committee, 16 Jan. 1748; was allowed "four pounds old tenor," 30 Jan. 1754, for "to sweep ye meeting House as often as needful for ye ensuing year," and was committee of the society from 1755 to 1760, inclusive. He was also school committee on the Stamford side, in 1756, and from that time to 1763. His ear-mark was entered in the Stamford records, 19 Jan. 1764. He was a man of great vigor, and retained his activity till near the close of his life, so that, when nearly one hundred years old, he would go to the woods to chop wood.
He was one of those who were taken prisoner, in the Middlesex church, on Sunday 22 July 1781, during public worship, by a party of British and refugees, and taken to Long Island. Some of the prisoners never returned; but he, more fortunate, found some acquaintances, through whose influence he was released and allowed to return. He and his wife lived together nearly seventy years, sixty-three of which were passed under one roof, and her death was the first that took place in the house. She died 4 Jan. 1814, aged 91 years, 4 months and 6 days, having then living (according to an obituary written at Stamford, 13 Jan. 1814) 7 children, 47 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, and 6 gerat-great-grandchildren. He died in Darien, 17 May 1817, aged 100 years, 3 months, and 3 days, allowing for change of style. A white stone, erected to their memory, was found in 1867, lying flat on the ground, in a field in Darien.

Children of Eliasaph4 and Mary (Bishop) Whitney:

i. Mary5 Whitney, b. 21 Feb 1744/5, Stamford, CT;[9] bapt. 31 Mar 1745, Darien, CT;[10] m. ----- Jarvis.
ii. Sylvanus Whitney, b. 25 Jan 1746/7, Stamford, CT;[11] bapt. 15 Feb 1747, Darien, CT;[12]; d. 31 Jan 1747/8, Stamford, CT.[13]
iii. Sylvanus Whitney, b. 3 Feb 1748/9, Stamford, CT;[14] bapt. 12 March 1749, Darien, CT;[15] m.(1) Betty Hoyt; m.(2) Sarah (Sniffen) Wetmore.
iv. Sarah Whitney, b. 25 Feb 1752, Stamford, CT;[16] bapt. 29 Mar 1752, Darien, CT;[17] m.(1) Abijah Nash and (2) Hezekiah Jarvis.
v. Platt Whitney, b. 11 May 1754, Stamford, CT;[18] bapt. 26 May 1754, Darien, CT;[19] d. young.[20]
vi. Rhoda Whitney, b. 28 Oct 1756, Stamford, CT;[21] bapt. 31 Oct 1756, Darien, CT;[22] m. 24 Sep 1755, Stamford, CT, Robert Escot, "resident in Stamford, an Englishman from London."[23] They afterward resided in New York City. She died at Darien, Conn., at the house of her brother, Josiah Whitney, 16 Aug. 1829, in the 73d year of her age. She was buried in Darien, and her gravestone bears the name "Rhoda Scott." They had no children.[24]
vii. Hannah Whitney, b. 21 Jan 1760, Stamford, CT;[25] bapt. 27 Jan 1760, Darien, CT;[26] m.(1) Joseph Smith; m.(2) Nathaniel Slason.
viii. Huldah Whitney, b. 8 Mar 1762, Stamford, CT;[27] bapt. 14 Mar 1762, Darien, CT;[28] m. Josiah Butler.
ix. Josiah Whitney, b. 8 Jul 1764, Stamford, CT;[29] bapt. 5 Aug 1764, Darien, CT;[30] m. Mary Smith.
x. Henry Whitney, b. 9 Apr 1767, Stamford, CT;[31] bapt. 7 May 1767, Stamford, CT;[32] m.(1) Prudence Gray; m.(2) Union (Kellogg)(Loomis)(Mix) Van Horn.

Census

  • 1790, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT: Eliasaph Whitney, 2 males over 16, 1 male 0-15, and 4 females.
  • 1800: not found. He may be the male over 45 living with his son Josiah.
  • 1810: not found.

References

1.^  Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 38-39.

2.^  "Eliasaph [Whitney], s. [Nathan & Sarah], b. 3 Feb 1716/7," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:201.

3.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

4.^  "Eliasaph [Whitney], m. Mary Bishop, 10 May 1744, by Sam[ue]ll Hoit, J.P.," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:61.

5.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

6.^  Ibid.

7.^  Ibid.

8.^  Ibid.

9.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. Eliasph & Mary, b. 21 Feb 1744/5," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:64.

10.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 106.

11.^  "Silvanus [Whitney], s. Elezabeth* & Mary, b. 25 Jan 1746/7; d. 31 Jan 1746/7 (*"Eliaseph" in Huntington's Reg.)," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:71.

12.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 106.

13.^  "Silvanus [Whitney], s. Elezabeth* & Mary, b. 25 Jan 1746/7; d. 31 Jan 1746/7 (*"Eliaseph" in Huntington's Reg.)," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:71.

14.^  "Silvanus [Whitney], s. Eliasph & Mary, b. 3 Feb 1748/9," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:79.

15.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 106.

16.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. Eliasph & Mary, b. 25 Feb 1752," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:95.

17.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 107.

18.^  "Plat[t] [Whitney], s. Eliasph & Mary, b. 11 May 1754," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:106.

19.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 107.

20.^  Ibid..

21.^  "Rhoda [Whitney], d. Eliasph & Mary, b. 28 Oct 1756," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:119.

22.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 107.

23.^  "Robt. Escot, resident of Stamford, an Englishman from London, & Rhoda Whitney, [married] 24 Sep. 1775," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Stamford, 7:18.

24.^  Ibid..

25.^  "Hannah [Whitney], d. Eliasalph & Mary, b. 21 Jan 1760," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:134.

26.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 107.

27.^  "Hulda [Whitney], d. Eliasaph & Mary, b. 8 Mar 1762," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:150.

28.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 108.

29.^  "Josiah [Whitney], s. Eliasph & [ ], [ ]," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 1:159-160.

30.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 108.

31.^  "Henry [Whitney], s. Eliasaph & Mary, b. 9 apr 1767, Stamford 1:159-160," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records.

32.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 108.


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